HHS Designates Special Office for DATA Act Management

January 13, 2016 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

hhsIn case you haven’t heard by now, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is leading a grants pilot under Section 5 of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act). Even better, however, is that the agency is not simply assigning a couple of personnel to the pilot and giving it minimal resources. The department has designated a special office — the DATA Act Program Management Office — to establish and oversee the strategic framework for HHS’s implementation of the DATA Act and the pilot.

The new office will collaborate with HHS’s operating divisions and staff divisions to ensure governmentwide data standards, data exchange requirements and data reporting requirements are met. It will perform test models and report on the results to the Office of Management and Budget by May 2017, including recommendations on next steps. It also aims to ensure that HHS complies with DATA Act reporting requirements by that date.

To find out more about the office, go to its website here. Among the features of the site is a Frequently Asked Questions section and more information on how to get involved with the Section 5 Pilot. For example, one of the FAQs states “What will be expected of Section 5 Grants Pilot participants?” The answer: “Depending on the test model, pilot participants will be expected to complete surveys, forms and/or participate in tests and/or focus groups. Participants will be expected to share data on burden hours and any other data that may assist the DATA Act Program Management Office in making recommendations to Congress.”

It’s good to see that HHS is putting a coordinated effort behind the pilot and keeping the public informed about its actions. We will be keeping a close eye on this new office and its progress during the Section 5 pilot, and will let you know if there are any new developments.

Let us know what you would like to learn from HHS’s Section 5 grants pilot.


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